An international workshop on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief has opened in Taipei.
The event is organized by the National Fire Agency and the foreign ministry along with the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy. The workshop aims to help Asia-Pacific countries increase their ability to respond to disasters.
Officials from countries including Thailand, Malaysia, and Pakistan are attending the workshop. The workshop will feature speakers from the National Fire Agency, USAID, and the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance.
During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong said that Taiwan is willing to share its experience in dealing with disasters with other countries.
Vice Foreign Minister Jose Maria Liu spoke about the workshop's significance for Taiwan-US ties. He said that this is the second event held so far this year under Taiwan-US Global Cooperation and Training Framework. He also said it is the first event held under the framework to focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Liu said the workshop not only helps Asia-Pacific nations but also strengthens Taiwan-US cooperation on global and regional issues.
Meanwhile, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan Kin Moy said that Taiwan has become a model of disaster preparedness in the region thanks to efforts that began after the earthquake of September 21, 1999. Moy also said he hopes the workshop will create connections across the region that can be called upon when a disaster happens.
Source: Radio Taiwan International